“Tourism in the era of decolonization:

From interculturalist dogma to radical resurgence”




Date of submission of abstracts (French or English): October 15, 2021

Date of submission of texts: February 15, 2022

Scheduled publication: 2023


Coordination of the issue: Alexandra Arellano, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

From the end of the 1990s, the postcolonial paradigm applied to tourism research emanated mainly from relations whose origins lay in the British Empire. Influenced by Orientalism, (1979), the seminal work by Edward W. Said, these analyses shed light on identity and representation issues, highlighting the renewal of dualities and unequal neo-colonial relations enacted in tourism practices (Aitchison, 2001; Hall and Tucker, 2004). Whether focusing on the Caribbean, South Africa, Singapore, Kenya, or Hong Kong, these analyses have extended to globalization, economic expansion, and centre-periphery dependency relations. Mostly applied in the English-speaking world (but also Spanish), these approaches exposed Western-centric systems and discourses, not only structuring the production and consumption of tourism, but also questioning the foundations of research essentializing and even caricaturing non-European cultures. Beyond contesting reductive Western narratives, the second and third waves of postcolonialism focused on the grassroot voices of women, citizens, workers, and other “subaltern" groups (Spivak, 1988), and considered cultural identities as shifting, fluid, diasporic, hybrid/migratory, and no longer circumscribed by the European gaze (Appadurai, 1998; Canclini, 2001). The era of decolonization is founded on essentially multiple and relational identities (Bhabha, 1994) that penetrated colonizing structures. "Geopolitical" sources of knowledge production (Mignolo, 2002) and institutions that traditionally reproduce a colonial and epistemological status quo are being destabilized and held more accountable (Alfred, 2018).

These theoretical foundations in tourism studies have not been significantly considered in French language research, yet France is a vector of colonial heritage and appears to exempt itself from the postcolonial paradigm by the “deafening silence” of French exceptionalism (Boukhris and Peyvel, 2019). This issue of Téoros aims to re-examine this gap and facilitate an encounter between French and English language tourism studies. Here, decolonization does not challenge the soundness of Eurocentric knowledge, but seeks to broaden knowledge trajectories according to “perspectives conscious of their historicity as well as their situationality,” for a comprehensive restitution of an incomplete and partial reality (Benessaieh, 2010, our translation).

Such approaches can look, for example, at the growing global migrant populations increasingly interested in diaspora tourism that connects ethnic communities to ancestral homelands, such as the recent North American interest in the slave route from Ghana (Dillette, 2021) or the Black Travel Movement (Benjamin and Dillette, 2021). A potential subversive capacity in tourism practices can also be revealed within the Palestinian re-ordering and place making in a context of Zionist settler colonialism (Boer, 2020). Another consideration for tourism is for it to be viewed as a decolonial tool in an immersive educational context; for example, where Indigenous knowledge and resurgence are anchored in processes of territorial restitution through land-based pedagogy. While potentially examined as a decolonial ally, tourism is also paradoxically instrumental in the territorial dispossession of Indigenous nations, as reflected in the conflicts targeting ancestral and unceded Secwepemc lands and the construction of mega resorts (Cooke, 2017). Indigenous authors and research are greatly contributing to decolonial thinking and advancing methodological tools favoring a transformation from within (Tuck and Yang, 2012; Coulthard, 2014; Grimwood et al., 2019; Kovach, 2019).

In addition to outlining contemporary colonialism, this work sets to transform the narrative by promoting the creation of safe spaces through new epistemological approaches. This special issue seeks therefore to mobilize such power relations through committed and emancipatory tourism research offering a critical and self-reflexive counter-narrative, encouraging critical theoretical approaches, and focusing on transformative methodologies advancing tourism and decolonization.


Papers in this issue can examine but are not limited to:

  • The diversification of the tourist gaze, perspectives, and intersectional experiences.
  • Reappropriation of contemporary identities and differences.
  • Diaspora or heritage tourism.
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity in domestic tourism.
  • Theoretical approaches in settler colonialism, critical race theoryor others.
  • Engaged research, reflective approaches, auto-ethnographic stories, Indigenous methodologies.
  • Tourism as a decolonial, reparation, peace, reconciliation, repatriation, and/or co-constitution processes.
  • Tourism and land claims.
  • Black Travel and other movements.

Proposal conditions

Authors must send a manuscript written in French or in English, presented according to the rules of the journal, available at https://journals.openedition.org/teoros/168.


The texts submitted, in Word format (no PDF), must be approximately 7,000 to 8,000 words long and must include:

  1. a)the full names of all authors (maximum of three)
  2. b)their main title and affiliation (only one affiliation)
  3. c)their email and postal address
  4. d)a summary of no more than 150 to 200 words in French and in English
  5. e)identification of the discipline or disciplines of study
  6. f)a list of keywords (maximum of five)


Téoros has an international readership. Authors are invited to take this reality into account in the presentation of their case studies in order to make them accessible to readers who are less familiar with the destination studied.



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Originality of the study

Manuscripts submitted for publication in Teìoros must make an original scientific contribution. Authors remain responsible for the content and opinions expressed as well as data correction and bibliographic references.


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Proposal guideline (french) : https://journals.openedition.org/teoros/4424


The deadline to submit an abstract (in the language of the paper) is October 15, 2021

The deadline to submit a text is February 15, 2022


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